Paul Vernon Woods was a clear choice among the judges as top public sector finance director. His success in dual roles as Newcastle City treasurer and treasurer of the Tyne and Wear Transport Authority saw the judges at their most effusive.
“Clearly an incredibly able and inspirational finance leader in the North East with very significant profile and influence, beyond his immediate areas of responsibility or organisation,” said one judge.
“Best candidate in the category,” said another judge. On Woods’ reverting to public transport for nine months and championing a low carbon salary sacrifice car scheme, the judge said: “I wonder how many FDs have given up their own car to lead from the front.”
“A wealth of successes in a number of places, by someone who is clearly a strong personality, plus a natural leader and influencer. Stands out as very driven and to watch out for in the future,” said another judge.
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